Sep 25, 2013

I don't know what to label this post...

In their world, sleds are boats, and the dirt pile is the ocean.  

Everything has the feeling of fall

Quilt I made for a friend who is due to have a baby girl in October

Sep 19, 2013

Changing Weather

All the cooler, wetter weather has brought interesting critters out, including a crayfish walking across the road

Late summer garden.  Squash rule the day.

Cash fiddles with the game camera constantly.  Even at 7am while still in his jammies.

Oh my Gourd-ness

Sep 16, 2013

Family vs. Rain

In the end, the rain won.  
We arrived to our campsite on Friday night, and the sky was just cloudy, with a touch of dampness in it.  The kids scurried around playing squirrel games, and picked berries for a "pizza" while the adults set up camp.

This time, I had planned things out much better for the weekend.  
There were snacks, and lunches, and breakfast, and even a little craft with mini-pumpkins.

And glow-in-the-dark bracelets that cleverly looked like smiley-faces when you put them on the ground.

Then we went to bed as the first drops started falling.  It rained ALL NIGHT.  
The next morning, it was socked in and continued to rain.  The kids were not bothered by it, there were just puddles to jump in and a little inconvenience of wet and cold hands.

So we went back to our friends' house, which was 25 minutes away, and tried to wait out the storm.  We dried clothes, washed dishes, ate tasty food, and also planned on going to the Oktoberfest at the brewery for dinner and games and beer.

Then we went to the brewery, and the sign on the door said "Oktoberfest postponed until tomorrow."
So we went for pizza, met up with other friends, and drank local beer.  Then we drove back to the campground, packed up wet and soggy campthings, and stayed in a hotel.
It all worked out, but wowza, was it wet.
We came back to Lovell to find an inch of rain in the gauge.  An INCH!  It was wet, and still is really squishy out there.  Next time we'll stick to the desert if rain is predicted, although the weekend was great practice in patience, flexibility, and relaxing in bad conditions.

Sep 9, 2013

Family Photos

Some weeks and weekends seem to be a blur of dishes, laundry, migraines, sleep-deprivation, allergies, colds, dirty diapers, and garden harvesting.  I guess that is normal for everyone with little kids.
In between the busy-ness we always manage to fit in some family time, whether it is just our little family, or visiting with others.  
Last weekend we were able to stop and visit with the cousins and wish Hailey a happy 18th birthday.
No one seemed to be thrilled to have their photo taken?

Aunt Rosie and Uncle Dale drove up from Colorado and brought peaches, a mammoth cantaloupe, honey, and some fun conversations.  The boys sucked up the extra attention.
My tomato family:  Mom, Dad, Tyler, Cash, Blondie (horse), Decker (dog), 2 unnamed chickens (we still had three when I took this photo--now we are down to 2)

Yesterday it rained briefly in the afternoon and cooled off.  We had our first fire and smores dessert of the summer! This topped off the awesome dinner that Shawn made for us: smoked elk loin and freshly dug potatoes and carrots.  

I promise we are having fun

Sep 4, 2013

Weddings and Friends

Our good friend got married last weekend, so we went back to Lincoln for the reception.  It's amazing how many people we knew in Lincoln, and it seemed like all of them were there!

Tyler and Rosemary making smores

Casey and the boys, lookin' good

Lincoln Community Garden, we HAD to stop by to see the amazing crops

Got together with good friends and their kids Foster and Isabeau

Tyler met up with his BFF Wyatt...

...they held nothing back

Activity in Moe's kitchen

Tyler and Wyatt put clothes back on and adventured around the ranch

Peaceful Helmville